Talley Piano Studio
Beverly Margaret Talley has been a piano educator since 1975 teaching in the University, College Preparatory School and Private Piano settings. A native of Mobile, Alabama, she resided in Houston, Texas where she maintained a premiere commercial music studio. The studio employed seven piano teachers and one violin teacher with a large student base of six hundred students. Mrs. Talley has had extensive training in the Suzuki Piano Method and most of her students were Suzuki trained. Upon returning to Mobile in 1993, she developed a somewhat smaller student base in her home studio, as well as at the prestigious college preparatory school, Bayside Academy in Daphne, Alabama. During the academic year of 2006 - 2007, she taught private and group piano lessons, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten music readiness classes, as well as several keyboard labs at Oklahoma Baptist University, Shawnee, Oklahoma. Upon return to Alabama, she resumed her teaching position at Bayside Academy. In addition to Bayside Academy, Beverly accepted a piano teaching position at Alabama School of Math and Science and Saint Paul's Episcopal School.
Mrs. Talley's pedagogical philosophy is to teach the skill of playing the piano to the whole child as an individual, encompassing mind, body and soul, embracing all emotional levels of artistic development. Her method includes aural development, rhythmical internalization and note proficiency, ensuring natural development of learning to play music.
Mrs. Talley's piano performance education has been accomplished at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas and the University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama, with advanced study at Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, Texas Christian University,- Van Cliburn Piano Institute Fort Worth, Texas, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina and the Colorado Suzuki Institute, Aspen, Colorado.
Some of the world's most noted artists have coached Mrs. Talley including Oxana Yablonskaya, The Julliard School of Music, Dr. Tamas Ungar, coordianator of the Van Cliburn Piano Competition aand Professor of Music at Texas Christian University, Daniel Pollack, Vladmir Feltsman and Mykala Suk. Her private teachers include Alfred Teltschick, Dr. John Paul, Dr. Jerry Alan Bush and Dr. Anthony Pattin.
Mrs. Talley has guided hundreds of her piano students in national, state and local piano competitions, with many garnering the coveted first place prize. In April 2003 she was honored as Teacher Laureate at the Tourgee Debose International Piano Competition because her students had consistently reflected excellence in their competition performance. The majority of her entrants in competition are selected to receive first, second and third place prizes. Her students have been invited to perform in the Honors Showcase Recital at the Debose International piano competition. Frequently Mrs. Talley's students are selected to perform in masterclasses for such world renowned concert artists as John Perry, Santiago Rodriguez. Yuri Rozum and the annual World Pedagogy Conference.
Mrs. Talley is a frequent recitalist and adjudicator. She was honored to be selected as an adjudicator of the final rounds of the World Piano Pedagogy Competition in Atlanta Georgia and The World Pianists Invitational International Competition in Washington, D.C. She is also an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers and a member of The American College of Musicians.
She is a member of Mobile Piano Ensemble and was featured solo artist and featured duo artist. As an author, her articles on piano technique have been published in Keyboard Companion National Magazine.
Mrs. Talley holds membership in the following professional organizations: National Music Teachers Association, Alabama Music Teachers Association, Mobile Music Teachers Association, Baldwin County Music Teachers Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, The Suzuki Association of the Americas and College of American Musicians. Honors include: Alpha Theta Chi, Scholars Program United States Achievement Academy, Marquis' Who's Who of American Women and Teacher Laureate Debose International Piano Competition.
Mrs. Talley is a Christian and is a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.